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Stockland – The Story of Dunder

“We’ve honestly loved every minute of this project as well and are so ridiculously happy with the final result. You guys have been a dream to work with and we really appreciate you pulling it all together in such a tight schedule!”

Art

Mighty Nice has created a heart-warming Christmas story that introduces the lesser known Aussie reindeer, Dunder.

Using a 3 Act structure – 3D CGI intro and outro and a 2D centre – we created a fable of an unsung hero of Christmas past. This allowed us to split our studio’s resources and really hone the quality and overall appeal in all aspects of the story.

Story

Every Christmas, the world celebrates Santa’s beloved red-nosed reindeer, Rudolph. But what if, hiding in those same North Pole stables, was a forgotten reindeer? Another unexpected hero who one year stepped up to save Christmas.

She’s a reindeer so forgotten, that her name is often confused to be Donner, or even Donder.

Meet Dunder.

Craft

Creating animation with a distinct style and focus on the craft allows us to really enhance the emotions in a Christmas story, while also creating a modern story of inclusivity and joy.

Darren Price led the 3D bookends, while Bonnie Forsyth led a team of 2D animators and artists for the storybook section.

  • 3D Director
    Darren Price
  • 2D Director
    Bonnie Forsyth
  • Art Director
    Softly Dunstan
  • Head of Studio
    Jeremy Howdin
  • Head of Production
    Tina Braham
  • Producer
    Samantha Daley
  • Storyboards
    Bonnie Forsyth
  • Character Designs
    Marie Thorhauge, Jason Pamment
  • Environment Designs
    Alexandre Belbari, Yori Narpati
  • 2D Animation
    Bonnie Forsyth, Michael Shiao Chen, Jarrod Prince, Hannah Saccasan, Alea Trinajstic, Ella Rousseau, Audrey Villafana
  • 2D Composite
    Tobias Frei, Fiona Lu, Mathieu Carlot
  • Model/Surface
    Akhil Mittal, Gregory Petchkovsky, Andrew Kimberley, Tristan Lock, Will Brand, William Harrison, Karen Etherington
  • Rigging
    Jason Dobra, Tessa Eden
  • 3D Animation Lead
    Duncan MacLaren
  • 3D Animation
    Michael Shiao Chen
  • Lighting
    Trent Rogan, Mat McCosker, William Harrison
  • 3D Composite
    Chris Angelius
  • Junior Producer
    Diana Angelius